Verizon to offer its own apps in bundled packages for a price, working on its own security software

Verizon to offer its own apps in bundled packages for a price, working on its own security software
Verizon Wireless is planning to bundle app packages with some of its own creations, and distribute them for a fee. The first one will include VZ Navigator, NFL Mobile, ringback tones and Verizon Video, and cost $12.99 per month when it lands a few weeks from now.

Kristi Crum, Verizon Wireless' executive director of consumer solutions, says: "We want consumers to find value in the network and we need services to do that," Crum said, adding that the company will likely offer more bundled packages in the future.

More bundles will be on the way, but Verizon doesn't have that many own apps, so probably more are in the works. Kristi Crum seems to confirm that, saying that Verizon is working on a security software for its phones, which will be distributed in the first half of the year.

via FierceWireless

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13 Comments

1. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Wow, first smart VZW app decision in ages. Should throw in VVM as well.

9. wingslax27

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

VVM (Visual Voicemail) is included in the bundle for $12.99 ... Launches on January 16th.

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Ripoff. Will Verizon ever do something for free for their customers? Sprint gives 75% of these features for free with their Android smart phone. The only one not given by Sprint is ringback tones..... but who is using them still?

3. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Can't see this lasting long..VW is already the most expensive carrier in the US..But you pay for what you get.. I'm just trying to figure out why would I go out and buy NFL Mobile...It's Free already in the market....Navigator--when the Google Maps app is probably the BEST FREE APP in the market....I really don't know what else they can offer besides what is already in the market that is free...VW Video--Ok, you got VEVO & Youtube already free in the market....(the only thing I see is ringback tones)...that's not a $12.99 value to me....but for some it may--but you can purchase ringbacks @ .99 cents a pop each....and who uses a ringback anymore.....I guess this is the next move for VW since the $2.00 fee for paying your bill was overruled...just calling a spade a spade and keeping the consumer informed!!!!

4. NeoManicXZ

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

The package they are referring to is for basic phones, not smartphones.

5. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

NFL Mobile is free, but you have to pay a subscription fee for Verizon Video to watch live games on it. YouTube and Vevo are free in the market, but you can't watch recent TV shows on them like you can on Verizon Video. Google Maps is free in the market but it's still in beta unlike VZ Navigator; it even warns about using it. I agree with your comments about ringtones and I speculate that VZW reversing the decision to add a $2 charge was a planned move by them to create the illusion that they care about customers and not just getting their dollars. Now if the subscription fees are included in the bundles, then it's a good deal. If the subscription fees aren't included requiring buyers of the bundle to pay individual subscriptions for the apps i addition to paying for the bundles, then only VZW fan boys will be buying the bundles and your assumption that they're trying to make up for the 2 dollar charge will have merit. Hopefully, VZW is turning over a new leaf in the customer satisfaction department.

6. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

NeoNManic - The last time I checked the NFL Mobile app wasn't available for basic phones.

7. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Where does it state that this is intended for basic phones?

8. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I sware that Verizon lives by the mantra that a new sucker is born everyday.

10. AgnesDay

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I think more of us are trying to get these VZW apps OFF our phones.

13. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

lol so true, my droid is preloaded with their crap and with no option to remove it

11. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Number 5.. Nfl mobile is free and if you have an Lte Phone you get the live access free. Also. I watch games every Sunday on it and I dont pay...get the facts correct befoee you post.

12. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Wow! Looks like VZW has plans for more bloatware apps to include in their smartphone lineup. This time you have to pay for the bloatware. Go VZW! Option to remove/uninstall bloatware and save your customers money Verizon!.

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